Loved it: Embracing The Other I Am; or, How Walt Whitman Saved My Life

A short video of a few people biking through small towns in Eastern Oregon (in case you're small town and Oregon obsessed like me).

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There are no perfect role models or heros, but I will always be grateful to Gloria Steinem for being one of the first people to introduce me to feminism via Ms. magazine and via her books, and I'm looking forward to seeing the new HBO documentary about her life.

Had a wonderful time at the Alpine Century this weekend - another century down, and thoroughly enjoyed!

Watched this weekend: No Impact Man. "Colin Beavan decides to completely eliminate his personal impact on the environment for the next year. It means eating vegetarian, buying only local food, and turning off the refrigerator. It also means no elevators, no television, no cars, busses, or airplanes, no toxic cleaning products, no electricity, no material consumption, and no garbage." The project (as its portrayed in the movie) is imperfect - the most gaping omission is any mention of money, class, race, or other variables that make the life they live possible. However, despite this, I still found the movie entertaining and thought-provoking. Recommended.

Awesome: Finding the Potential in Vacant Lots: "the question may not be what we can do for our vacant lots but what our vacant lots can do for us. Ms. Nassauer encourages cities to think of ways that open land can clean and replenish the watershed, absorb urban heat and carbon dioxide, and create recreational opportunities."

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